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Common Names: Banksia, protea, bird's nest, giant bottle brush.
Botanical Name: Banksia,  (BANK-see-ah)
Availability:  Year round
Vase Life:  8 to 16 days, depending on species and cultivar.
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Storage Temperature:  36 to 38 F
Ethylene Sensitive: Some varieties are sensitive.
Description: A dramatic cone-shaped blossom at the top of a woody, leafy stem.
Colors: orange, red, yellow, white
Botanical Facts: Banksia is a member of the Proteaceae family which includes over 100 species of trees and shrubs, most of which are native to the cape region of South Africa. 
Design Notes: Colorful, textural and dramatic, Banksia is an immediate focal point in an arrangement.  This long lasting flower is well suited for office or hotel arrangements.
Purchasing Hints:  Avoid flowers which have leaves that are turning black, or are showing brown tips on the blossoms.
Conditioning:  Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife.  Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional Notes:  Leaves usually turn black due to lack of carbohydrate and warm temperatures.  To reduce leaf blackening, replace water and commercial floral preservative / floral food every two days.   Banksia are easy to dry and make beautiful dried arrangements.
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